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  • 2021-01-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 15, 2021 Blackfish still a weekend possibility Though small craft warnings went up at 1 p. m. through Saturday afternoon for east gusts to 25 knots, ocean conditions should improve with a shift back to west winds, The morning forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots before increasing to 15-20 in the afternoon with gusts to 30. On Sunday the winds go west at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 that should flatten the surf for anyone still seeking stripers along the Jersey Shore.
  • 2021-01-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 14, 2021 Jamaica catching jumbo porgies Though the sea bass season is closed, the Jamaica from Brielle is concentrating on far offshore wrecks that hold great quantities of large porgies during weekend trips. Last weekend s trip also produced a few ling and a surprising large bonito as catches ranged up to 30 fish.
  • 2021-01-13 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 13, 2021 Tog were chewing for Ocean Explorer Party boat blackfishing in N. J. has been generally tough recently, but there was a good report Tuesday from the Ocean Explorer from Belmar as they reported limits for all plus releases. The tog ran up to 7 pounds and hit both green and whitelegger crabs.
  • 2021-01-12 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 12, 2021 Canyon Runner almost sold out on canyon trips Canyon tuna fishing is months ahead at present, but the most productive period has been in the spring during the last few years. They recorded over 800 tuna last year, including 44 bigeyes and two giants in 65 trips.
  • 2021-01-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 10, 2021 Calm seas coming up Though small craft warnings are up, west winds at just 5-10 knots are in the forecast from Monday to Wednesday. North winds at 10-15 knots with gusts 25 are forecasted for Sunday before dropping to 5-10 northwest at night.
  • 2021-01-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 8, 2021 Special trips target big blackfish If you are going to put up with the potential discomforts of a winter fishing trip, you might as well seek a really special fish. As noted this week, the Ocean Explorer from Belmar is running a Super Pool trip Sunday at 6 30 which costs 100 but also requires another 100 for the pool for the biggest tog.
  • 2021-01-07 Ristori Bay Head

    The Elaine B II from Highlands made its last trip of the winter on Tuesday. The fare is 100, and there s a required 100 for the winner-take-all super pool for biggest tog.
  • 2021-01-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 6, 2021 NY proposes circle hook requirement for 2021 striped bass season Following is a press release from the NY DEP relative to a circle hook requirement that s already in effect in N. J. RECREATIONAL STRIPED BASS FISHING SEASON Comments Accepted until Mar. 8, on Proposed Regulation for Circle Hooks to Help Improve Striped Bass SurvivalThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released a new proposed regulation for public review and comment that would require the use of circle hooks when recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass. The proposed regulation includes all New York State waters where recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass occurs, including coastal waters of Long Island and New York City, the Delaware River, and the Hudson River to the Federal Dam in Troy, New York.
  • 2021-01-05 Ristori Bay Head

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  • 2021-01-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 4, 2021 Big swell spoils a fine winter day Mike Monte took advantage of a calm, mild January morning to cast for stripers in the Belmar surf which had been producing schoolies recently. The fine winter weather continues tomorrow with north winds at 10-15 knots and 3-5-foot seas.

Weekly Update (July 2, 2017)

Last weeks forecast missed the mark a bit as my expecation of 'West is best' as the predominant weather pattern for the week turned more southerly than expected and it killed ocean water temps.  Reports of temps in the 50's abound.  Fluke fishing suffered as a result.

Looking ahead to this week, well unfortunately it probably pays to keep your expectations in check.  No need to drone on about regulations but options for putting together a catch are severely limited at the moment.   Until the water warms again, you may as well avoid the ocean for fluke.  Sure, you may get lucky and box a couple but your best chance for any consistent action remains the bays and rivers and again focus on the outgoing tide as the incoming frigid ocean water will shut down any bite quickly.

The challenge this week for 'inside' fluke fishing will be dealing with the massive boat traffic for this holiday week.  Probably best to focus your efforts early and late day when traffic is not at it's crest.

If you do decide to give the ocean a go in pursuit of fluke, focus on structure and at least sea bass is now open again where you can keep a couple.  No great shakes there but always nice to add to a mixed-bag a couple of nice knot-heads. 

Besides fluke, the next best game in town remains shark.  Mako numbers will be dwindling with an uptick on Threshers.  You don't need to run far to try some inshore shark fishing.  Head to an area around your favorite lumps and let the chum run.

One final thing to mention this week.  We are heading into biting fly season.  Those green-heads and biting black flies are on the upswing and can make your days miserable.  You really need to be ready, especially on those days where west wind is predominate.

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